Most 16-year olds spend their time driving cars; few prefer to spend their time cleaning them. The owner of MDS - Mobile Detail Specialist is an exception: since he was 16, he loved detailing automobiles, reveling in the pride he felt when he gazed upon his finished product—a ribbon of polished chrome, a sparkling headlight, or a glossy car hood throwing reflections from its spotless finish. Working at car dealerships in his formative years only strengthened his passion, leading him to open his own detailing business and produce the same spotless automobiles that entranced his younger self.
From their self-contained mobile unit, complete with its own water supply and an arsenal of biodegradable cleaning solutions, technicians from MDS - Mobile Detail Specialist scrub, shampoo, and polish vehicles at customers’ homes or offices. They offer a tiered menu of detailing packages for cars in all states of filth, from those that need a simple scrub down to those whose air vents are stuffed with Cretaceous fossils. A la carte services, such as leather reconditioning and scratch removal, lead vehicles further down the path of showroom beauty.
For more than 15 years, the ASE–certified technicians at Desi Auto Repair have kept vehicles of all makes and models merrily chugging along with a full gamut of services geared to customer satisfaction. Inside the modern, spacious garage, repairmen wield up-to-date equipment to meet vehicles’ factory-maintenance schedules, replace failed parts, or readjust emotionally clingy seat belts while keeping owners apprised of all repairs. The team’s dedication to customer satisfaction demonstrates itself through their free towing and shuttle services, taking stress out of breakdowns by bringing vehicles directly to the garage and seeing carless drivers arrive at their original destinations.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, can trace their auto-repair roots back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop?just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with more than 30 locations, dozens of employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
At Naz Hair Salon & Skin Care, aesthetician Tara improves the health and beauty of skin. She treats men and women alike, customizing products and techniques to suit every skin type. In addition to traditional facials, she offers innovative treatments such as Hydroptimale, a service that intensively moisturizes skin, and Beta Ex Skin Exfoliation, a skin-resurfacing procedure that diminishes signs of aging and photodamage.
Every car-cleaning package at Hayward Carwash—from an exterior car wash to an advanced detail—begins with a 100% hand wash. This way, the painted finish is in no danger of being damaged by machines, and the car’s exterior is thoroughly cased for smudges and specks of dirt before the staff dresses it in Rain-X water repellent, Blue Coral wax, and paint sealant. During washes and details, cars shake off their filth as the staff scrubs them down with earth-friendly soaps and solutions to help them shine as brightly as the day they cartwheeled off the assembly line.
Hayward Carwash features an onsite gift shop that stocks auto accessories, beverages, complimentary coffee, and free popcorn that customers and their cars can share later that night at the drive-in movies.